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Old 12-13-2010, 03:30 PM
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Default Android and Windows Phone 7 To Become Commodities?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/12/10/android.wp7.phones.to.become.commodities/' target='_blank'>http://www.electronista.com/article...me.commodities/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The iPhone may end up as the 'last man standing' amongst smartphones in terms of holding onto profits and prices, argues Needham &amp; Co. analyst Charlie Wolf. Wolf notes that in the immediate future, competition amongst smartphone platforms -- namely Android and Windows Phone 7 -- may help phone makers like HTC and Motorola dictate prices. In the long term though, smartphones based on either platform may become commodities, no longer able to pull a special premium."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/at/auto/1292173671.usr105505.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>I can't imagine that this is a surprise to anyone. &nbsp;It directly reflects Apple's way of doing business. &nbsp;They are a boutique hardware manufacturer that controls the entire manufacturing process from the bottom up. &nbsp;Google and Microsoft, on the other hand, are software manufacturers. &nbsp;This is the same exact thing that happened with Windows (and will probably happen with Chrome OS). &nbsp;Honestly, though, I don't see this as a bad thing for anybody. &nbsp;It just means there will be competing products at a reduced cost, and that'll drive Apple to improve iOS.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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